Liturgy Preparation

Liturgy pages composed by Fr Bernard Cotter PP, Newcestown, Bandon, Co Cork. They are offered to the hard-pressed presider as a resource — to be printed out and brought to the altar for Mass, a one-page tool to use in the Liturgy. The pages as previously published by Veritas Publications Ltd in Liturgy Preparation for 2007 (Year C) are added here weekly.



26Feb Presider’s Page for 26 February (8th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 26 February (8th Sun. Ordinary Time)

February 26th, 2017

The Lord gathers us in to his loving embrace, the Lord who invites us not to worry about tomorrow. Setting our hearts on his kingdom, we entrust all our tomorrows to him and ask him to help us live for this, his day.
Today, the last Sunday before Lent, is Temperance Sunday.

19Feb Presider’s Page for 19 February (7th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 19 February (7th Sun. Ordinary Time)

February 19th, 2017

Loving the enemy and praying for those who make life difficult are two marks of a Christian, or so Jesus teaches us today. We gather, aware of how difficult love can be, yet united by the saving mercy of God, on which we rely.

09Feb Presider’s Page for 12 February (6th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 12 February (6th Sun. Ordinary Time)

February 9th, 2017

Today’s readings ask for decisions, challenging Christians to choose the right path. We gather to worship God, who can help us in all our choices.

05Feb Presider’s Page for 5 February (5th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 5 February (5th Sun. Ordinary Time)

February 5th, 2017

Over these Sundays, we listen to what Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. In today’s liturgy, we hear that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Rejoicing in this calling, we praise God who sustains us all our days.

26Jan Presider’s Page for 29 January (4th Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 29 January (4th Sun. Ordinary Time)

January 26th, 2017

Catholics gather this Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of the Saviour and to remember his beautiful teachings. In the Beatitudes, which are read at Mass today, Jesus describes the kinds of people who are blessed in God’s eyes. We hope to join the company of all these saints in the heavenly liturgy.

22Jan Presider’s Page for 22 January (3rd Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s Page for 22 January (3rd Sun. Ordinary Time)

January 22nd, 2017

This Sunday falls within the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, when the Church prays that all Christians may grow closer together. As we join with Christians all over the world today to honour the death and resurrection of Jesus, we pray that the journey to full unity may soon be complete.

15Jan Presider’s page for 15 January (2nd Sun. Ordinary Time)

Presider’s page for 15 January (2nd Sun. Ordinary Time)

January 15th, 2017

The Christmas Season ended last Sunday, and we have entered Ordinary Time, moving slowly from winter to spring. The season of Lent begins on the first day of March: between now and then, we learn a little more each Sunday about the life and techings of Jesus.
Today is World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year focuses especially on children who migrate, vulnerable and voiceless.

08Jan Presider’s Page for Sunday 8 January (Baptism of the Lord)

Presider’s Page for Sunday 8 January (Baptism of the Lord)

January 8th, 2017

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the last day of Christmas. At his baptism Jesus sees how much he is loved by God and is given the power to go out and spread the news. We share that power through our baptism.

06Jan Presider’s Page for Friday 6 January (Epiphany)

Presider’s Page for Friday 6 January (Epiphany)

January 6th, 2017

On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of who Christ is. The visit of the wise men reminds us that Jesus came as the Saviour of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

01Jan Presider’s Page for 1 January 2017 (Mary, Mother of God)

Presider’s Page for 1 January 2017 (Mary, Mother of God)

January 1st, 2017

Happy New Year! On this first day of the Year of Our Lord 2017, we acclaim Mary as Mother of God and ask her to mind us and those we love during this new year. Today is also World Peace Day, a day during which we pray for peace.




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